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Date Posted
June 3, 2016

Grey Roots Museum & Archives is pleased to unveil the Grey County Historic Communities online mapping project. The application identifies the smaller historic communities on both County and local roads. Users can explore pictures from the past read descriptions about the settlements. The project pays tribute to communities that at one time played an important role serving settlers in the area.

“There are 121 Grey County communities are profiled on the interactive map,” said Grey County Clerk Sharon Vokes. “We hope users find it both informative and fun to browse.”

The purpose of the project is to provide information online to Archives researchers, the public, and “genealogical tourists” interested in tracing their ancestors’ roots back to Grey County’s early settlements.

Online mapping is the second stage of the Grey County Historic Community signage project. Last summer, brown signs were installed on County roads to mark smaller and lesser-known historic communities throughout Grey County.

Archives staff and volunteers identified communities to include in the project based on evidence they at one time provided:

  • General store
  • Mill
  • Blacksmith Shop
  • School
  • Post Office
  • Structure housing fraternal organization (ie Orange Lodge, Masons, Knights of Columbus)
  • Church or other religious meeting house
  • Cemetery/cenotaph
  • Community centre
  • Hotel/Tavern

You can find the Grey County Historic Communities online mapping project at the Grey County Maps Portal, https://geo.grey.ca, as well as through Grey Roots Museum & Archives’ website www.greyroots.com.

The application was created as a joint project between Grey Roots and Grey County’s IT Department.

About Grey Roots Museum & Archives:

Grey Roots has grown and developed into a unique facility from the County Museum's beginning in 1955 and the later establishment of a County Archives in 2000.  With the consolidation of the Grey County Museum, Grey County Archives, and Tourism in 2004, Grey Roots has become a multi-faceted attraction. Innovative programs and demonstrations, rotating exhibits, a heritage village, archival resources and superior customer service come together to create an exciting and educational visitor experience.

Grey Roots Museum & Archives
102599 Grey Road 18, RR 4, Owen Sound N4K 5N6 519-376-3690

For further information contact:

Karin Noble, Archivist, Grey Roots Museum & Archives
519-376-3690 ext.6113 karin.noble@greyroots.com

Petal Furness, Manager, Grey Roots Museum & Archives
519-376-3690 ext.6104 petal.furness@greyroots.com

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